Among the many things on your wedding checklist of to dos is the Wedding Registry. Setting up the wedding registry may be something that you are tempted to stall on if you are not quite sure where to register and what to put on the list. This Wedding Registry: What to Put On and Not Guide will keep you from delaying this important step. If you are getting ready to send out your wedding invitations or have bridal showers upcoming, your guests are going to want to know where you are registered.
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When deciding what to put on your wedding registry take stock of what you already own. The average age of first time marriage is creeping up in many places. Many people have furnished apartments, condos, or homes before marriage. If this applies to you, then just omit what you already have from the list below.
What to Put on Your Wedding Registry
Silverware-A nice stainless steel pattern should hold up well. Oneida, Reed and Barton, and Villeroy & Bosh along with several other manufacturers make durable, reasonably priced sets. Be sure to register for some of the serving pieces to go along with your knives, forks, and spoons.
Dinnerware-Look for patterns that are dishwasher safe and will stand the test of time. It is best to avoid dishes that will easily chip or are highly ornate. As part of your dinnerware set, it is nice to have a couple of platters, a big salad bowl, and a gravy boat for special gatherings.
Drinkware-Head for something more casual for everyday use and add in some more formal wine glasses to cover gatherings with friends and family.
Kitchen Appliances-Workhorses such as blenders, food processors mixers, and slow cookers are great. Also, if your lifestyle suits you may also want to consider adding a coffee maker, salad spinner (human powered appliance) and toaster oven, too.
Knife Set-Good knifes can make all the difference in food prep. If a knife set in the brand you desire is pricier, it might be better to register for some individual knives. Chef’s, paring, and bread knives are good core knives.
Bakeware and Kitchen Tools-It is good to have some basic kitchen implements at the ready. Putting several cookie sheets, a muffin pan, cooling rack, and pots and pans on your registry is great for many baking projects. Also, if you don’t already have them, add a can opener, corkscrew, cutting board, measuring cups, non-scratch big spoon, spatula, soup ladle, vegetable peeler, and whisk.
Linens-Sheet sets, table clothes, and placemats can come in handy. And don’t forget an iron and ironing board to get out the wrinkles.
Towels– One of the most useful items in the house. If you are just starting out register for 6 bath Towels, 6 hand Towels, and 6 Washclothes. Also, consider adding a couple of bath mats to the wedding registry.
What Not to Put on Your Wedding Registry
Crystal Bowls, Candy Dishes, and Decanters-With so few people doing formal entertaining anymore, these beautiful items are likely to become dust collectors.
A Formal Set of China-The holidays seem to be just about the only time this dishes get used. The rest of the time they take up valuable shelf space.
Trendy Kitchen Appliances-The cotton candy maker, pizza cooker, chocolate fondue fountain, and flameless indoor s’mores maker may seem like fun ideas, but will end up taking precious storage space in the long run.
Gaming Systems and Computers -As tempting as it may be, resist the urge to register for an Xbox or a computer. Purchasing those as wedding gifts do not sit well with a lot of people.
Super Expensive Items-I know everybody’s definition of expensive may vary, but try not to have lots things over $150 on your registry and offer plenty of items under $50. Please leave the $500 vacuum and $400 blender off your list. There are less pricey, quality options available to list instead. It really makes you look like like you have major expectations.
If a friend or relative wants to get you something that expensive, they will generally contact you directly and ask you what you would like.
Where to Register
Consider where your wedding guests are from, when deciding where to register. You may have your favorite local store, unique to your area, that you want to register at. That may be all that you need for a registry if your guests are all local and the store offers a wide selection of options. In most cases though, you will have guests that are coming from a distance to your wedding and who are not familiar with your local store.
For ease of access and a large selection of items, registering at a chain department store such as Target or Bed Bath and Beyond that has many physical locations and a well-established online business, in addition to your local store, is a smart idea. That way, your guest can either shop in the actual bricks and mortar stores or online with companies that they recognize. Also, these companies offer generous return policies and discount offers.
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